After barely falling to Fortuna last weekend, the Arcata Tigers have responded well with a couple of big wins this week, following up a 2-1 victory at Eureka on Wednesday with a 2-0 win at Del Norte on Saturday.
Striker Ethan Gyenis remained red-hot, scoring both goals against the Warriors, one from a free kick and one from the penalty spot.
The Tigers got the shutout thanks in large part to the play of defenders Isaac Johnson and Josiah Gomez, who were, according to head coach John Davidson, “simply unbeatable” on Saturday.
Arcata is 2-1 in league play and 3-2-1 overall and appears to be seven-time defending champion Fortuna’s closest challengers this fall.
The ever-reliable Jin Vue continued to impress for the Warriors, who are now 0-2-2 in league.
“I thought the teams were evenly matched, but they took their chances while we couldn’t convert when we had the upper hand in the game,” Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu said. “Arcata’s defense did a good job but we need to be clinical up front and be solid at the back.”
One big bright spot for the Warriors was the play of freshman Saxon Taylor, who was excellent in defensive midfield after coming in to make his high school debut late in the game.
Fortuna 3, McKinleyville 0
The Huskies kept their unbeaten start to the season in tact with a three-goal victory at McKinleyville.
Fortuna, which improved to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Big 5, got goals from Lane Shelton, RJ Rexford and Jesus Herrera.
Edgar Herrera continued his impressive start to the season with another strong display in center mid and assisted on all three goals.
“He’s a smart player and he was composed today,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said.
Despite the loss, the Mack players turned in a batter performance than in the midweek game at Del Norte, when they gave up three unanswered goals in the second half to tie 3-3.
“We responded well and learned our lesson from the Del Norte game,” head coach Ryne Deppe said. “I like our improvements as a team and where our head is at. It was a great building block game.”
The Panthers are now 0-1-2 in the Big 5.
The Huskies also won earlier in the week, beating St. Bernard’s 9-0, as the Crusaders return to action this season.
“It was nice to see them out there again,” Holmes said. “Having a program there again is a good thing.”
Eureka 6, South Fork 0
A balanced team performance lifted the Eureka Loggers to a 6-0 win over South Fork in H-DNL boys soccer on Saturday.
Six different Eureka players scored in the win, as the Loggers improved to 1-2-3 on the season.
“It was a great overall effort” Eureka head coach Eddie Garcia said. “Everyone gave it their all, and it showed with six different players scoring.”
David Parra got the scoring started on a penalty kick, with additional goals from Trenton Gerber, Luis Romero, Will Mooney, Ean Savage and Carlos McFarland.
Next up, the Eureka boys play at Fortuna on Wednesday.